Jim Parks, Executive Director
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD)
Annual Reports are developed to recap activities for services provided to more than 1.6 million residents in the North Texas service area. The essential services of regional water treatment and delivery, wastewater treatment, and solid waste disposal services provide the sustainability of infrastructure required to maintain and enable residential and commercial growth within
the communities served. Each year, the NTMWD
continues to meet its goal of providing highquality,
cost-effective services to its Member Cities
The NTMWD works closely with its Member Cities and Customers during the planning process to ensure construction, expansion, and enhancements of new facilities and resources are placed into service as the population continues to expand and needs increase.
One significant strategy that will help the NTMWD meet future water needs is water conservation. The NTMWD recognizes that the keys to successfully meeting this challenge are to heighten consumer awareness that water is a finite resource, to increase the knowledge and practice of efficient use of water, and to enhance recognition that even with the highest level of conservation and efficient use of current supplies, additional supplies will still need to be developed in order to meet the future demands due to anticipated growth in the service area through 2060.
The NTMWD meets the requirements mandated by Senate Bill 1 passed into law in 1997, which requires the organization to plan and participate in a statewide water planning process. Currently, the water plan is in its third round of updates that occurs every five years. Once approved by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and submitted to legislation, this will become the 2012 State Water Plan. The planning process, which includes preparing a plan based on a 50-year planning horizon through 2060, remains very complex. As part of this process, the NTMWD will amend identified water management strategies based on current census results, add newly identified strategies, and incorporate water management strategies that have already been implemented.
During 2009, the NTMWD supplemented raw water supplies from two new water management strategies: the East Fork Raw Water Supply Project (Wetland) and the Upper Sabine Raw Water Supply Project. The Wetland is the largest constructed wetland in the U.S. using reclaimed water to augment a surface supply source and will ultimately provide an additional 91 million gallons per day (MGD) of raw water supply. Raw water supplies from the Upper Sabine Raw Water Supply Project will provide an additional 44 to 71 MGD. Raw water supply obtained through the Upper Sabine Raw Water Supply Project is made available through a contract with the Sabine River Authority (SRA).
The NTMWD continues to develop partnerships with other area water providers including Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) and Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) to actively pursue currently identified water management strategies, and to evaluate potentially available raw water resources that could provide additional water supplies to meet current and long-term needs of the service area.
Each regional service provided by the NTMWD—water treatment and delivery, wastewater treatment, and solid waste disposal—provides varying challenges for meeting the needs of one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. Member Cities and Customers rely heavily on the NTMWD to provide these regional services, and the NTMWD is committed to meeting those needs.